Different leather products may require specialized care techniques. Here’s how to care for specific items, such as leather handbags and wallets:
While it may be tempting to leave your bag packed and ready for the next outing, it’s actually better to empty it fully to prevent deformation. If you plan to store your handbag for an extended period, like between seasons, take the time to wrap hardware elements like zippers and buckles with tissue paper to prevent unwanted impressions on the leather.
Next, envelop your bag, preferably with its original dust bag. These bags are designed to maintain shape and prevent deformations. In case the original dust bag is nowhere to be found, a white cotton pillowcase can serve as an ideal substitute, but be cautious about using colored fabrics to prevent color transfer. Once enveloped, place your bag in a location away from direct sunlight and artificial heat sources. Ensure it lies flat, avoiding hanging it, as this can cause straps and attachments to stretch.
Should you discover mold on your bag due to humid conditions, use alcohol-free wet wipes or a chlorine bleach solution with a concentration below 100ppm. Spritz it onto a soft, dry cloth, wipe the leather clean, and follow up with a nourishing oil treatment. Then, store it in a dry, well-ventilated area.
Leather Wallets and Clutches
Wallets come in various shapes and sizes. Choose one that suits your needs, ensuring you don’t overstuff pockets, compartments, or card slots to prevent leather deformation. Small leather goods are often used in conjunction with larger bags. To avoid potential scratches, store your wallet in a designated zipper pocket or compartment inside your bag, isolating it from other items.
Small leather goods, due to daily use, are prone to wear on corners. Regularly wipe them with a clean, soft cloth and apply leather conditioner to remove accumulated dust and dirt. Additionally, be aware that hand creams or sunscreen may leave residues on leather items, resulting in stubborn stains and oxidation or rusting of hardware. Regular gentle cleaning with a soft cloth is crucial.
Embrace these specialized care techniques to ensure your leather handbags, wallets, and other small leather goods retain their elegance and charm, aging gracefully alongside your unique journey.